December Mood + Monthly Goals

The month is rushing by pretty quickly, isn't it!? December is always an exciting time and I'm happy to have celebrated my 26th birthday last week, be well into holiday festivity and spending a lot of time sitting with my thoughts and plans for 2017. Things have been changing a lot for me lately and everything is a little up in the air but in the best way possible. The biggest changes have come in the form of leaving my previous position in the bridal industry, re-enrolling in school and getting back to the root of what makes me creatively fulfilled and happy. Sometimes you have to shake it all up to find your footing again.

I've been able to spend a lot of time getting back into my old rhythm, gather a ton of inspiration and make some pretty big plans. While most of December is usually spent in preparation for the holidays, there are a few things I'd like to get done before the new year:

school // I'm through the toughest parts of the process (admissions, financial aid, etc.) but I'd like to figure out a plan for heading back to school in January. It's funny how your perspective on education changes as the years pass and I'm looking forward to approaching a degree with a different outlook on the system. You may know, if you've been reading this blog for a long time, that I started going to school for Linguistic Anthropology straight after high school but found myself a bit displaced by the concept, living in a new country without a support system to lean on. I stepped away from traditional education, landed squarely in family life and found a creative career. It wasn't until recently that I figured out what my biggest pursuit will likely be and decided a degree would help make that a reality. Back to class I go!

creative projects // I'm slowly getting back into creating things for myself and I'm loving it. I have editorials lined up and some ideas I'd love to execute soon. I want to use my time this month to actually schedule and plan these projects instead of just dreaming.

get grounded // Since stepping away from my job I've found myself wanting to spend a lot of time nesting and re-centering. I'm hoping to continue sprucing our place, continue spending a lot of time with my thoughts and dive into all of the things that make me feel grounded. I've rediscovered a love of music and quiet time, found the urge to start bullet journaling and developed a general desire to buck the system. In true introvert fashion, I've turned inward and want to continue doing that work in preparation for the new year.

What are your goals for December?

Holiday Gift Guide: For The Cook

Having a live-in pastry chef (my sister is an amazing baker and we're lucky to have her living with us until Spring) has made me partial to culinary gift-giving. There's always something practical yet beautiful to be found under our tree and this year is no different. Check out a few of my favorite picks for the cook in your life:

'food & beer', 'host', cb2 essex servers, williams sonoma copper utensils, target wood and marble cutting board, anthropologie hammered measuring spoons, ile de re sel mer gift set, staub x good cocotte, williams sonoma ice cream starter, williams sonoma marble and copper cheese knives, 'the naked cookbook', 'low & slow', anthropologie cheese board, fog linen garcon apron, martha stewart copper mixing bowls, cb2 black marble board, leif stitched napkin set, three potato four co message board, bloomingdales decanter, rivsalt grater and salt, goop 'it's all easy' spice set

Shop all Holiday Gifts for The Cook

Holiday Gift Guide: For Him

p.s. Don't forget to shop all of my picks for him in the Men's Holiday Shop